Stand Alone Sermon
Stand Alone Sermon
The Song We Were Born Remembering (Psalm 90)

Sermon Outline:

  1. Longing for home (Psalm 90:1-2).
  2. Remembering we are dust (Psalm 90:3-6).
  3. The origin of our problem (Psalm 90:7-11).
  4. Finding our way home (Psalm 90:12-17).

Notable Quote:

“Our commonest expedient is to call it beauty and behave as if that had settled the matter. Wordsworth’s expedient was to identify it with certain moments in his own past. But all this is a cheat. If Wordsworth had gone back to those moments in the past, he would not have found the thing itself, but only the reminder of it; what he remembered would turn out to be itself a remembering. The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust to them; it was not in them, it only came through them, and what came through them was longing. These things—the beauty, the memory of our own past—are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshipers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited.”      —C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

Discussion Questions:

  • In what ways do you feel “homeless?” What longings do you have? How is God your dwelling place?
  • How does your heart respond to the Psalm’s reminder that we are temporary, that death is inevitable? How does Jesus tasting death for us change your heart’s response?
  • Which of the 6 prayers in Vv. 12-17 stand out to you the most? Why? How will you pray each of those this coming week?